Indian Fulbright alumni Dr. Katragadda Paddayya and Satish Alekar, both of Pune, have been conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award for their notable contribution to the fields of archaeology and theatre respectively, for the year 2012.
Prof. Katragadda Paddayya, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology and former Director, Deccan College (Deemed University), Pune, is renowned for his research on the Paleolithic and Neolithic cultures of the Shorapur Doab in the Deccan. Among his many significant contributions to Indian archaeology he can be credited with the introduction of two major and contemporarily dominant theoretical-cum-methodological perspectives, namely the settlement system approach to archaeological sites and the formation processes orientation to sites. He has seven books to his credit, including Recent Studies in Indian Archaeology (Indian Council of Historical Research-Monograph Series 6, 2002); Investigations into the Neolithic Culture of the Shorapur Doab, South India (Leiden, 1973); and New Archaeology and Aftermath: A View from Outside the Anglo-American World (Pune, 1990) and numerous scholarly papers in reputed journals in India and abroad. Prof. Paddayya has held two Fulbright fellowships, a senior research grant in 1986 at the University of California at Berkeley and University of New Mexico, and a lecturing grant in 1999 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His Fulbright fellowships paved way for collaborative research with American archaeologists in India.